\ˈkrest \

Definition of crest 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a showy tuft or process on the head of an animal and especially a bird — see bird illustration

b : the plume or identifying emblem worn on a knight's helmet also : the top of a helmet

c(1) : a heraldic representation of the crest

(2) : a heraldic device depicted above the escutcheon (see escutcheon sense 1) but not upon a helmet

(3) : coat of arms sense 2a

d : a ridge or prominence on a part of an animal body

2 : something suggesting a crest especially in being an upper prominence, edge, or limit: such as

a : peak especially : the top line of a mountain or hill

b : the ridge of a roof

c : the top of a wave

3a : a high point of an action or process and especially of one that is rhythmic

b : climax, culmination at the crest of his fame


crested; cresting; crests

Definition of crest (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with a crest also : crown

2 : to reach the crest of crested the hill and looked around

intransitive verb

: to rise to a crest waves cresting in the storm

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Other Words from crest


crestal \ ˈkre-​stᵊl \ adjective
crestless \ ˈkrest-​ləs \ adjective

Examples of crest in a Sentence


at that point the filmmaker was at the crest of his critical acclaim, which included winning an Oscar the hiking party reached the crest of the mountain just as it began to thunder


We crested the hill and looked out around us.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Kane County Office of Emergency Management advised Elgin city officials the Fox would rise about two feet and crest at over 11 feet, Elgin Assistant City Manager Laura Valdez said. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "Storms cause minor flooding in Elgin; Fox River under flood warning for coming week," 23 June 2018 The similarity between the crest and the logo, which Undefeated tweeted out this week, was noted by the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, and by some on social media. Susan Svrluga,, "Nike apologizes after Naval Academy asks them to stop copying its crest to sell sneakers," 18 June 2018 This level, the eighth-highest on record, marked the river’s highest crest since September 1996. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Photos: Torrents flood central Virginia, including Richmond, Fredericksburg and Lake Anna," 25 June 2018 Here you are directed along a concrete path, a ribbon of bright white that takes you on a walk overlooking the sea, around the crest of a mountain and to a structure — a swelling, white orb nestled into the landscape. Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With Kusama Museum and art-filled islands, Japan is a paradise for art nerds," 27 Apr. 2018 For Over The Moon’s online shop, Baker created stationery sets with four themed, floral crest choices— named La Dolce Vita, In Full Bloom, Out of Africa, and Love Birds—to be filled in with a monogram of your choosing. Katie Kiefner, Vogue, "Send All of Your Summer Thank You Notes on This Stunning Stationery," 10 July 2018 In Washington State, politics and cultures split as sharply as the climate does along the crest of the Cascade Mountains — generally wet, urban and liberal on one side, and dry, wide open and deeply red on the other. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018 Los Angeles Times Billed as the first dive coaster in the state, Knott's Berry Farm's new HangTime suspends riders at a crest before plunging down a 96-degree drop. Timesoc,, "TimesOC: Fair Board says equestrian center ‘is not going anywhere’," 30 May 2018 Foster allegedly crossed the center line approaching the crest of a hill, according to witness statements. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "2 dead, 10-month-old seriously injured in Middle Georgia head-on crash," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That river is predicted to rise nearly eight feet in about 18 hours cresting at 23.7 feet Sunday afternoon. Jeanne Houck,, "Cincinnati flooding: NWS predicts river to reach 60 feet, Sharonville warns of potential evacuation," 23 Feb. 2018 The temperature in Winston-Salem, N.C., crested at 90 degrees on July 4 — the same day Jasmine Edwards and her son, both African Americans, sought the cool waters of the pool in their private community. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "#IDAdam, the white man who called police on a woman at their neighborhood pool, loses his job," 6 July 2018 At Little Falls, the river is forecast to crest at 13.0 feet Monday night, which is three feet above flood stage. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "After 10 inches of rain in D.C., the Potomac is about to hit highest level in 8 years," 4 June 2018 It is forecasted to crest at 22.5 feet, moderate flood stage, around 1 a.m. Wednesday. Sarah Brookbank,, "Cincinnati weather: Flooding predictions and road closures," 3 Apr. 2018 Both hybrid and Energi models have the lowest EPA ratings of the hybrid competitors listed here, and neither comes close to cresting 50 mpg in any metric, a mark the competition from Hyundai and Toyota vault over with ease. Car and Driver, "2018 Ford C-Max," 22 Mar. 2018 Temperatures will crest into the 40s in Greater Boston before declining into the 30s overnight, forecasters wrote. John R. Ellement,, "Snow expected to arrive in Boston later this morning before turning to rain," 6 Apr. 2018 The Army Corps of Engineers predicts that the reservoir that protects Des Moines from Des Moines River flooding will crest next weekend at a level above the lip of the concrete emergency spillway. CBS News, "Des Moines, Iowa, begins cleanup following historic flooding," 1 July 2018 It’s often the reason people even like that story, that the wave of the current events base had crested there for a minute. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Vox Editor at Large Ezra Klein on Recode Media," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of crest


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for crest


Middle English creste, from Anglo-French, from Latin crista; probably akin to Latin crinis hair


see crest entry 1

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\ˈkrest \

Kids Definition of crest

1 : a showy growth (as of flesh or feathers) on the head of an animal

2 : the highest part or point of something the crest of the wave the crest of a hill

3 : an emblem or design used to represent a family, group, or organization

Other Words from crest

crested \ ˈkres-​təd \ adjective


\ˈkrest \

Medical Definition of crest 

1 : a showy tuft or process on the head of an animal and especially a bird

2 : a process or prominence on a part of an animal body: as

a : the upper curve or ridge of the neck of a quadruped (as a horse) also : the mane borne on such a crest

b : a ridge especially on a bone the crest of the tibia — see frontal crest, occipital crest

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